2012 Class Analysis: Wide Receivers

One of the biggest recruiting recruiting needs in Al Golden's first full class was at wide receiver. The Canes did an excellent job of meeting that need, signing six players at the position last week. Lets take a closer look at the wide receiver class.

Coming Back: The Hurricanes lost their two starting wide receivers from this past season, including junior Tommy Streeter who did some damage on several of UM's single season records at the position. The Canes bring back just four receivers from the 2011 team -- senior Kendal Thompkins, junior Allen Hurns, sophomore Phillip Dorsett, and sophomore Rashawn Scott. Hurns is the best of the bunch, with 31 career catches. Next is Dorsett, who caught 14 as a true freshman in 2011. Thompkins has just eight grabs in four years at UM and Scott caught just one pass for two yards as a first year player.

Ones who got away: The Canes made early offers to a few national recruits at the position but only two qualify as having gotten away. The biggest miss, perhaps in the entire class, was Miami Northwestern's Amari Cooper. At 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, Cooper was on the verge of making a commitment to the Canes last June. He decided to look around instead and ended up enrolling early at Alabama. Lakeland's Ricquan Southward (6-1/190) was a Hurricane commitment at one point during the season. Instead, he switched his pledge to Ohio State and inked with the Buckeyes. Those are two receivers who Miami seemingly wanted in this class -- especially Cooper.

Best part about this class: Both offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and receivers coach George McDonald have NFL backgrounds so it's no surprise that five of Miami's six incoming wide receivers are 6-feet or taller. The Canes needed big receivers and they're getting a handful of them. Each of the six, with the exception of Robert Lockhart, camped at Miami over the summer and gave the coaches an up-close evaluation of how competitive they are, how coachable they are, and things like that. All six players were productive at the prep level. None of them are simply talented kids who haven't shown the ability to make big plays yet. They're all proven playmakers at the prep level.

Most concerning thing about this class: There are some minor concerns with five of the six. Waters wasn't even the best receiver on his own team (a rising junior was). Lockhart is coming from prep school after not qualifying out of high school. Carter was a 4.7/40 kid at the major camps. Jean-Louis will likely have to spend a semester at prep school. Jones comes from a school that has produced just two Division 1 players in 10 years.

Jontavious Carter
On the field: Carter finished his senior season with 32 catches for around 600 yards and five touchdowns. He was equally productive as a junior.

The recruiting process: Carter made a very early commitment to the Hurricanes, announcing for Miami after getting a scholarship offer back in February of 2011. He never wavered from his commitment and never took any other visits. UCF was his other offer at the time of his Miami commitment.

As a prospect: At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Carter is the biggest of Miami's incoming receivers. The loss of 6-4 Streeter made Carter a major need in this class. He doesn't have blazing speed but he has soft hands and seems to catch anything thrown his direction. He's more of a possession receiver who should be able to see the field early and often at Miami.

Angelo Jean-Louis
On the field: Jean-Louis finished his senior season with 16 catches for 316 yards and three touchdowns. Following the season he played in the Under Armour All-American Game. Jean-Louis also saw time in the defensive secondary and was excellent in the return game.

The recruiting process: Jean-Louis landed early offers from a number of schools including Florida, West Virginia, Tennessee, and South Carolina. He committed to the Canes in the spring and never took any other visits.

As a prospect: Jean-Louis is a difference maker at the receiver position. At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, he already has ideal size for an outside receiver. His speed and athletic ability are impressive and he was one of the best receivers at the Under Armour week.

D'Mauri Jones
On the field: Jones lit up opposing secondaries in Lake County as a senior. He finished the year with 38 catches for 524 yards and eight touchdowns. He's also a talented basketball player.

The recruiting process: Jones held spring offers from schools like Arkansas, Louisville, Rutgers, South Carolina, and West Virginia. He camped at Miami in June, landed an offer from the Canes, and committed right away. He never took any other visits.

As a prospect: The Canes needed a few big receivers and he is one of them that provides that. At 6-foot-2+, he has tremendous leaping ability. He does a great job of going up and getting the jump balls. He is one of the school's most talented prospects in the last ten years.

Malcolm Lewis
On the field: Lewis helped lead Miramar to the Class 8A state title game before losing to Plant. He was the leading receiver in that game and scored a touchdown. For his senior season, he caught 56 passes for 729 yards and eight touchdowns. With over 100 receptions in his final two seasons, Lewis was one of the most productive receivers in all of South Florida during that time.

The recruiting process: Lewis landed early offers from schools like West Virginia, South Carolina, and Tennessee. He committed to the Canes over the summer, after getting offered at one of their camps. He also took official visits to West Virginia (where his head coach played) and UCLA (who was recruiting his close friend and teammate on the same visit).

As a prospect: The most college ready of Miami's six incoming receivers, Lewis has a lot of what you look for in a major college wide receiver prospect. At 5-foot-11 and 185 pounds, Lewis is solidly built and plays even bigger than that. He's a 10.7 100m kid on the track and just has a real good understanding of the game and how to make plays. He has a very good football IQ. He's a safe pick to be Miami's best freshman receiver in 2012.

Robert Lockhart
On the field: Lockhart finished his senior season at West Boca High in 2010 with 34 catches for 686 yards and six touchdowns. He spent this past season making lots of plays at Fork Union Military Academy.

The recruiting process: Lockhart signed with Virginia Tech in last year's class but never qualified. He enrolled at prep school in the fall of 2011 and ended up rooming with Taylor Gadbois, who was prepping for a semester before coming here. Lockhart was offered at the end of the season and picked the Canes over the Hokies in the end.

As a prospect: Lockhart is over 6-feet and can really go up and get it. His ability to climb the ladder and get those balls in the air is very impressive. He shows pretty good explosiveness for a kid his size and knows how to run routes and find openings in opposing secondaries. He should be able to compete and contribute very early.

Herb Waters
On the field: Waters played quarterback, running back, and wide receiver for Homestead. He had a few hundred yards on the ground in addition to catching 23 passes for 372 yards and four touchdowns.

The recruiting process: Waters landed an offer from the Canes following one of their summer camps in June. He committed shortly after that but ended up taking other recruiting visits to Louisville, FIU, Vanderbilt, and Cincinnati. He also had offers from schools like West Virginia, North Carolina, and Ohio State.

As a prospect: At 6-feet and 175 pounds, Waters played a number of positions at the prep level so he never really settled in as a full-time receiver. Because of that, he's still learning how to play the game in a lot of ways. He has enough size, plus speed and athleticism, and he's intensely competitive. He's a lot like the old school Canes in his attitude and approach.

Looking Ahead: The Hurricanes already have commitments from two wide receiver prospects in the 2013 class. Orlando Jones standout Kermmit Whitfield (5-7/155) is one of the state's fastest players and committed to the Canes several months ago. South Fort Myers standout Jayon Kearse, who is projected to be a Top 10 player in the state, committed to the Canes in mid January. He was once committed to Auburn. Kearse, 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds, could play one of several positions at the next level. He may have more upside on defense. Jacksonville Bishop Kenny's Ahmad Fulwood (6-4/190) has an early offer from Miami but doesn't seem too interested. Northeast High's Stacy Coley (6-0/175) might be the most talented receiver in Dade/Broward for the 2013 group.

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